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The Remake of The Pink Panther, released in 2006. Steve Martin stars as Detective Clouseau.

It received a sequel in 2009, The Pink Panther 2.


This film provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Clive Owen plays 006. Clouseau asks him if he wasn't good enough to be 007. Clive Owen was at one point considered for the role of James Bond.
  • Animated Credits Opening: Directed by Bob Kurtz at Kurtz and Friends. And it's a good one, too!
    • The Pink Panther 2 also features one by Imaginary Forces.
  • Asshole Victim: Yves Gluant, the murder victim, comes across as this for most of the film, as he cheated on his girlfriend and apparently verbally abused and belittled most of the other coaches; Yuri explicitly states that Gluant took credit for his own brilliant French defence plan and treated Yuri like he was dead.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Anyone who understands Cantonese will find out that the old Chinese lady is basically asking Clouseau why she's being interrogated and that she's busy and has other things to do. Clouseau somehow believes she tells him to look for soccer trainers for their knowledge of poisons.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A Rule of Three variant occurs in The Pink Panther 2: Clouseau's parking ticket assignment from Dreyfus which he uses to identify Sonia's car:
    Clouseau: Today I was staring at Miss Solandres' license plate. I recognized it because of my... unique system of cross-referencing. I became aware that I had given a parking ticket to the same car, two days before Miss Solandres claimed she arrived in Paris... one day before the Pink Panther was stolen.
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    • The replica of the Pink Panther diamond that he showed to Ponton's sons, which he plants in the museum as bait for the Tornado.
    Clouseau: I knew the Tornado would eventually come after the Pink Panther, so I went to the museé with a simple plan in mind. I had convinced my old friend, Robert the night guard, to turn off the security system for the few moments necessary to save the most beautiful object in France. I then switched the Pink Panther with the replica I had at home. [He takes the real Pink Panther out of its case] This is the real Pink Panther. It was the fake that was stolen.
    • And the Medal of Honor which blocks a bullet.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • A key piece of evidence is only revealed to Clouseau because he can speak Chinese (although this fact isn't definitively revealed to the audience at first); soccer trainers are required to have knowledge of Chinese herbs, prompting Clouseau to start considering Yuri the trainer as a suspect.
    • Dreyfus dismisses the fact that the coroner's report mentions Bizu was killed with a perfect shot to the occipital lobe; Yuri learned this while in the Russian army as part of his training and used it to kill Bizu.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Dreyfus: Well, this is a glorious day for France.
    Clouseau: How so, Chief Inspector?
    Dreyfus: Because a stupid idiot named Clouseau is going to be stripped of his rank while I take over his case.
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  • Continuity Reboot: Set in an entirely new era and timeline, with no connections to the previous films.
  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: While chasing the assassin who tried to kill Xania, Clouseau and Ponton decides to split up to cut off the assassin. When Ponton catches up to the assassin and holds the assassin at gunpoint, Clouseau catches up and accidentally slams a door open in front of Ponton, knocking him down. While Clouseau checks to see if Ponton is okay, the assassin resumes running away.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Clouseau figures out that the killer will strike again at the Presidential Palace, and just so happens to have a bag in his deserted office marked "Presidential Palace" with everything he could possibly need to break in undetected. This includes a body suit for both him, and his assistant, with different camouflage on the front and back identical to the wallpaper and drapes (respectively) found in the palace.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all that Clouseau comes across as an idiot, he has a detailed knowledge of obscure rules and legislations that helps him crack the case, such as knowing that all soccer trainers must have a knowledge of Chinese herbs or that all Russian army members must know the location of the occipital lobe.
  • Darker and Edgier: A minor example but there were never any murders in the original. The villain was simply a jewel thief, not a murderer.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Clouseau is basically promoted to serve as this; as Dreyfus doesn’t want to risk becoming a scapegoat if he fails to solve the case or let someone else take credit for solving it, he gives the task to Clouseau on the grounds that Clouseau is an incompetent who can publicly get nowhere while Dreyfus assembles a team to tackle the case himself in a more discreet fashion.
  • Fainting: Nicole swoons and faints during Clouseau's closing speech about love in the first film.
  • Groin Attack: A subtle example - during the Animated Credits Opening, as the Pink Panther is tangoing with Clouseau he winds up kneeing him in the groin. Clouseau's expression is what makes it.
  • Hero of Another Story: Apparently applies to Nigel Boswell, AKA Agent 006 (Clive Owen), who states that he is in the casino on a case that requires his discretion, to the extent that he takes out the notorious Gas Mask Bandits in a manner that lets Clouseau take the credit so nobody will know Boswell was there.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Nicole: Would you like me to stay behind and help you?
    Clouseau: That is a generous offer, Nicole. But I am quite sensitive to office gender politics. And in today's world, the slightest gesture can be misinterpreted as harassment. And it is late, and I would prefer not to put you or me into that delicate situation. Agreed?
    Nicole: Yes, I agree.
    Clouseau [kisses Nicole]: Well, lets seal it with a kiss. And I'll get back to work.
    [A moment later, Clouseau casually slaps Nicole on her butt as she leaves]
    • From The Pink Panther 2:
    Italian Reporter: Mr. Pepperidge, was the Dream Team asleep when the theft occurred?
    Pepperidge: No comment.
    Italian Reporter: Do you think they will recover the ring?
    Pepperidge: If I gave a comment, when I said "no comment", I would look like a complete ass, wouldn't I?
  • In Name Only: While it is indeed a Pink Panther film, there is very little resemblance between this and the original and instead resembles later installments, the presence of Dreyfus and Clouseau's role as protagonist being the biggest examples. There is no Charles Litten, Clouseau is unmarried but much like the original the Pink Panther diamond is never actually stolen, yet the plots differ with the original being climaxed with the attempted theft and a chase scene while this remake centers around the perceived theft. Also, there were no deaths in the original.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: In The Pink Panther 2, Clouseau uses this gambit as bait to catch the Tornado when the Pink Panther diamond is seemingly destroyed after Clouseau bluffs Sonia Solandes into shooting it into dust, Clouseau has the real Pink Panther brought out, which he switched with the replica in a Bait-and-Switch setup in anticipation of the Tornado.
    Clouseau: You are under arrest!
    Sonia: Let me go, or I will destroy it. [The thief takes a gun and what they believe to be the Pink Panther]
    Dreyfus: Let her go.
    Clouseau: Let her do it.
    Dreyfus: Are you insane?
    [The thief blows the Pink Panther to smithereens; Dreyfus is livid]
    Dreyfus: You moron! You twerp! You sad excuse for a human being! You have just destroyed the sacred symbol of France!
    Clouseau: Ponton, did you bring what I asked for? Boys... [Louis and Antoine bring the Pink Panther's case, containing the real Pink Panther]
    Clouseau: I knew the Tornado would eventually come after the Pink Panther, so I went to the museé with a simple plan in mind. I had convinced my old friend, Robert the night guard, to turn off the security system for the few moments necessary to save the most beautiful object in France. I then switched the Pink Panther with the replica I had at home. [Clouseau takes the real Pink Panther from the case] This is the real Pink Panther. It was the fake that was stolen.
    Dreyfus[muttering to himself]: Nightmare, nightmare.
    Clouseau: And when the Tornado, an expert on the quality of gems, wrote in his supposed suicide note of its great beauty, I knew he could never have been the thief; he would have recognized it as a fake.
  • Likes Older Men: Both Xania and Nicole are attracted to Clouseau. Xania has an ill-fated dinner date with him, whereas Nicole is the one who wins his heart. In the original cut of the film before it was altered to earn a PG rating, Xania and Clouseau indeed sleep together. This does not occur in the final cut.
  • Literal-Minded: Do not enter room when red light is flashing. Clouseau hastily enters when light switches. Entire interaction with Yuri the trainer who trains.
  • Logo Joke: We see Leo the Lion roaring the MGM logo as usual... and then the logo opens up like a door and we see the animated Clouseau, who looks around for a second, then walks off, revealing that the Pink Panther is behind him. The Panther gives the audience a smirk and slams the "door", and we see a very confused-looking Leo.
  • Mythology Gag: During the Animated Credits Opening, the Pink Panther dresses as a conductor and begins to conduct an offscreen orchestra. He did the very same thing in the title sequence of the original 1963 film.
    • The Animated Credits Opening begins with the Pink Panther dancing under a spotlight, just like the title sequence of The Return of the Pink Panther.
    • Clouseau plans to randomly attacks Ponton without warning, a reversal of A Shot in the Dark when he asks Cato to randomly attack him when he least expects it. Ponton manages to foil Clouseau's attacks, prompting Clouseau to respond with "Good one!" In The Pink Panther 2, Ponton's sons Louis and Antoine attack Clouseau without warning when he's trying to rest up.
  • Naked People Are Funny: At one point during the Animated Credits Opening, we see the Pink Panther enter a room wearing a police uniform like Clouseau's. Once the Panther exits, Clouseau enters... and realizes that he's naked and covers himself.
  • Noodle Incident: The opening scene of the first film, looking at Dreyfus reflecting on Clouseau's history, includes a case where Clouseau somehow believed that ‘Pierre Fuquette’ had been murdered and slammed open three different doors to accuse the resident of being the murderer, resulting in him accusing a dog, a baby, and the not-dead-at-all Pierre Fuquette of the crime (after recognising the third, Clouseau just declared the case closed).
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In contrast to Herbert Lom, a Czechoslovakian-born emigrant to Britain, John Cleese's accent as Dreyfus in The Pink Panther 2 is strongly British, which is exceptionally ironic, given the historical rivalries between Britain and France. Hilarity Ensues when Cleese's Dreyfus tries to say the Override Command "hamburger" with his British accent in The Pink Panther 2, only for Steve Martin's imitation French mispronunciation of "hamburger" to successfully call off the security forces.
  • Product Placement: As Clouseau tries a hamburger for the first time and falls in love with the taste, the McDonald's logo is very prominently featured behind him.
  • Running Gag: Clouseau's accent, his disguises in the later films, Cato's attacks and the subsequent fights, Dreyfus' murder attempts and his eye twitch, and the Non-Fatal Explosions.
  • Running Gag: With Clouseau and Ponton:
    Clouseau: Without warning, I will attack you. In this way, I will keep you vigilant and alert.
    [Clouseau attacks Ponton, but Ponton hits him back]
    Clouseau: Good one.
    Ponton: Thank you.
  • Sherlock Scan: Played for Laughs in The Pink Panther 2 between Clouseau and Pepperidge:
    Pepperidge: Gentlemen, we first have to determine how the crime was committed. And as I am an expert at deduction...
    Clouseau: You are an expert at deduction?
    Pepperidge: That is my field.
    Clouseau: I believe deduction is my field, and since you are experiencing hip pain...
    Pepperidge: How did you know that?
    Clouseau: One side of the sole of your shoe is more worn than the other; you're favoring your right leg.
    Pepperidge: Tell me, did you enjoy your double espresso this morning?
    Clouseau: How did you...
    Pepperidge: Your pupils are noticeably dilated.
    Clouseau: And will you be moving out of the Hotel Montmartre? They are doing construction at night around the Montmartre so as not to disturb daytime traffic. From your puffy eyes, I deduce you spent a sleepless night.
    Pepperidge: Speaking of traffic, are you enjoying your Smart car? Your trousers are wrinkled behind the knees.
    Clouseau: And how do you think your favorite football team, Arsenal, will do this year? That matchbox is from the only bar in Paris that shows English football telecasts.
    Pepperidge: You have tissues in your shoes to make you look taller.
    Clouseau: You were finally 14 before you finally learned to enjoy avocado.
    Pepperidge: Tell me, how did you enjoy your trip to the airport this morning?
    Clouseau: Now, how did you know that? [the airport stamp on Clouseau's hand is visible to everyone]
    Ponton: Perhaps one of you should begin.
    Clouseau: Yes, this is silly.
    Pepperidge: You've recently lost your favorite cheese grater.
    Clouseau: You have an aversion to cow bells!
    • Vincenzo brings an end to this when he discovers a piece of broken glass with fingerprints on it.

Alternative Title(s): The Pink Panther 2

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